Acting Sampler Week

Acting Sampler Week

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This one week acting camp is designed to introduce the new camper to Traveling Players, teaching acting and outdoor skills in a fun, relaxed environment. Take classes in improv, acting, and physical theatre, and perform for friends and family on Thursday night!

For current 3rd – 5th graders

  • Acting Sampler A: June 24 – 28
  • Acting Sampler B: July 15 – 19
  • Acting Sampler C: July 22 – 26
  • Acting Sampler D: August 12 – 16

Each day brings new theatre games and acting skills. The campers will sample a variety of activities, including improvisation, acting classes, physical theatre (stage combat and mask theatre),  outdoor skills, and introductions to two of the world’s greatest playwrights: Shakespeare and Molière. Running alongside other ensembles, this week is great as an introduction to Traveling Players, as an add-on to the Mythology Ensemble or Middle School Ensemble, or just as a fun way to spend a free week.

Monday through Wednesday are normal Camp Days (See A Typical Day). Take classes in improvisation, acting, physical theatre, stage combat, and mask performance. Rehearse for the Thursday showcase!

Thursday is sharing Day.  Campers arrive by bus as normal, and have a typical day until 4pm. Then, instead of going home, they will get on the bus along with the rest of camp to ride to Lake Fairfax Park.  Parents can join us there at 5:30 for an informal showing of the week’s work.  At 6pm, we’ll have a cast party around the campfire, and parents can take their campers home by 6:30pm.

On Friday, parents drop their kids off at 9am.  In the afternoon, we have a second sharing at the pool with the rest of the camp.

ACTING SAMPLER B/D PLEASE NOTE: We will not offer Friday afternoon bus transportation for these sessions.  Instead, campers can come with us to the Madeira school for our final performance festival, which goes into the evening.  Parents can pick their kids up at Madeira that evening.

Traveling Players summer camps and classes always offer expert training in acting, character creation, physical comedy, stage combat, improvisation, and text analysis. A typical day at camp isn’t just about rehearsal! Our talented faculty teach daily classes in subjects that help round out the campers as actors and as students.  

We also value the spirit of the ensemble. Our ensemble- and team-building adventures create a strong, supportive cast and friendships that will last a lifetime. 

Acting created a place for me to express myself and to feel like people are listening — and being at TPE made me feel as if I was worth listening to. It’s a wonderful feeling.

— Camper

Questions about which ensemble is right for you? Ask our staff!

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